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Over 700,000 Now Receiving Social Welfare Payments

Niall Colbert
Niall Colbert

3:10 PM - 6 Apr 2020



More than 700,000 people are now receiving social welfare payments.

Around 500,000 of those people are in receipt of the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Support.

The €350 weekly payment was introduced on March 16th.

It was brought in to assist those who've been temporarily laid off as a result of the outbreak here.

New figures from the Department of Social Protection show 507,000 people received the payment last Friday, up from 283,000 a week ago.

With 205,000 people on the Live Register getting the normal Jobseekers Benefit, it means 712,000 citizens are relying on social welfare payments.

All payments will be in bank accounts and post offices from tomorrow.

The Department says it's developing its online process to prevent people from entering incorrect data to reduce the number of invalid applications its receiving, after getting 46,000 ineligible applications.

*Reporting by Shane Beatty



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